WORLD’S BIGGEST LIBRARY CAN HOUSE 1.2 MILLION BOOKS
A stunning new library that opened in China around three months ago is a majestic creation. Located in the Binhai Cultural District In Tianjin, the library was designed by Dutch design firm MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI). Dubbed as the Eye of Binhai, the Tianjin Binhai Library covers over 34,000 square metres and can hold up to 1.2 million books. The five-storey library features a dazzling futuristic interior with rippling shelves and layered terraces that double as steps and seats.
The structure was completed in three years and includes a reading area on the ground floor, lounge areas in the middle sections and offices, meeting spaces, and computer/audio rooms at the top. There’s also a children’s play area in one of the lower levels.
Those who are wondering how one can access books on the higher shelves, the designers have used aluminium plates instead of actual literature on the elevated terraces in order to keep up with the library’s aesthetic. While it does house a lot of books, some of the covers in the hall are printed images. Books are housed in various rooms in the building. The library is a part of the city’s effort to improve the region’s cultural infrastructure.
The ground floor has a reading area for visitors
The library spans over 34,000 square metres